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Latest issue of Coontin Kin now available

October 1st, 2019

The Hairst issue of the society magazine Coontin Kin is now available, it’s now full colour throughout as we continue to develop and improve the publication. Issue no.112 has a wide range of interesting new material.

Society balance sheet 2018

June 2nd, 2019

Annual balance sheet published

Issue number 109

Issue no.198 has the usual wide range of very interesting contributed articles and includes:

Captain John Arthurson and the West Ridge by John Hunter [member no.10]

A remarkable tale; recently, when searching for the missing Malaysian aircraft, MH370, a number of shipwrecks were located. One of those located was the wreck of West Ridge a Clyde-built iron sailing ship which, as it turns out, was captained by Shetlander John Arthurson, a great granduncle of the author.

John Hunter weaves life into the story of the ship and captain with this remarkable find.

Robert Balfour by Jim Harald [member no.2402]

The Balfour clan from Houbinsetter, Delting have a wide and large Shetland heritage which reaches around the globe.

This wonderfully written and rich in description and detail contribution details the life of Lieutenant Robert Balfour, his life and the lives of his Shetland ancestors. Robert was shot by a sniper while commanding a night fighting patrol at Gommecourt on 20th May 1918.

Robertson, surname event – our Shetland Hamefaring by Glynis and Richard Dickins

“What and incredible time we’ve had”

Many of the Shetland diaspora visit us in Shetland, we’re delighted to have them. The authors, Australians with Robertson in the blood, visited last year (2018) and felt, as many do, a strong “being at home” feeling.

The trip was planned to coincide with the annual Sharing Shetland Surnames events, 2018’s was Robertson – keep an eye out for these! Three weeks were spent researching, visiting family roots and homes and meeting scores of people.

Lady Jane Franklin and “the pull factor” by Andrew Hillier [member no. 2264]

Many Shetlanders may have been influenced by John Franklin’s wife Jane to emigrate to South Australia during her visits to Shetland in the 1850’s, the author’s ancestors may well have been.

This fascinating piece asks questions that may never be answered but it outlines a migrant family’s route to South Australia.

... all this and much, much more.